Rangers waste Igor Shesterkin’s 29-save gem


SEATTLE – Goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin propelled Rangers to not less than one level of their 3-2 extra-time loss to the Kraken on Thursday evening on the Local weather Pledge Area.

Rangers can’t afford to waste a spectacular efficiency from Shesterkin, who has not been in a position to put in as constant an effort as he did at the beginning of final season. Shesterkin was sturdy at sliding down the road for a lot of the sport till Justin Schultz’s time beyond regulation victory. In the end, he completed with 29 saves on 32 shootings.

“Positively,” mentioned Rangers supervisor Gerard Gallant, when requested if his workforce wants to achieve two factors when Shesterkin is enjoying like he did on Thursday evening. “He was good. He made some nice saves and vital saves, particularly in that second interval when he was 1-1. He stored us within the recreation after which we managed to win the purpose in the long run. But it surely’s not adequate. We’re higher than that.”

Igor Shesterkin makes a save on Daniel Sprong throughout Rangers’ 3-2 time beyond regulation loss to Kracken.

Shesterkin was the one factor standing between the Kraken and a multi-goal midfield body, over which Seattle outscored the guests 16–5 and managed the tempo of play for a lot of the interval. A minute and a half into the body, Shesterkin linked with a tough shot from Schultz earlier than Matty Beniers hit one off the publish. The Russian goalkeeper later denied Daniel Sprong on a breakout.

After the time beyond regulation loss, Shesterkin is now 8-2-3 on the season.

The final time Libor Hajek performed so many video games in a row was in 9 video games from mid-December to early January final season.

Hajek, who skated in his sixth straight Thursday evening recreation towards the Kraken, has not performed in 59 of his subsequent 67 video games, together with all 20 playoff video games, in 2021-22. Rangers supervisor Gerard Gallant assured Hajek he wouldn’t be subjected to the identical restricted recreation time as final season, and to this point the membership have stored that promise.

“Has been a while [since] I’ve performed so many video games in a row,” Hajek informed The Publish after the Rangers’ non-compulsory morning skate on the Local weather Pledge Area. “I am simply making an attempt to take pleasure in each recreation. I simply suppose I should be assured. Each recreation ought to be good, you already know, constant. Simply engaged on it and being the very best a part of the workforce and serving to the workforce win.”

The 24-year-old defender mentioned he tried to concentrate on the small particulars and simply preserve the sport easy, one thing the teaching employees requested of him. Within the 9 video games he has performed to this point, Hajek has had a comparatively strong recreation, however Thursday evening was not one in every of his finest. Contemplating how little he performed final season, it should doubtless be some time earlier than Hajek can begin making large strides.

“It is actually helpful for him,” Gallant mentioned of Hajek’s current video games. “It isn’t good for [Zac Jones]🇧🇷 He has an opportunity to run a bit bit right here. He performed good strong hockey so that is what you need. These competitions happen all yr spherical. We like each. Clearly we’re proud of our protection. That is the way in which issues are.

“Jonesy will get one other probability. When he does, go in and play good and strong. He’s a younger participant.”

Jones was a wholesome scratch for the fourth consecutive recreation on Thursday.

The Rangers performed the Kraken on Thursday with the identical lineup as they did in final weekend’s 4-1 win over the Coyotes at Madison Sq. Backyard. … Ryan Reaves has been scratched for the sixth time this season and the fifth time within the final six video games.